Since our last visit to Astonish Patisserie, their menu has undergone an expansion, including various rice and noodle dishes that were not previously available. Many of their new dishes notably had an Asian flair to them, which is great for those looking for something a bit different from dishes that could be expected to be seen at Australian cafes.
Among the new dishes that can be ordered, the portion size of their Beef Stew Dry Noodle Bowl was sufficient to be a filling meal for one. The beef was tender and the stew had a flavour that is best described as tasting somewhat similar to curry. An ample amount of shredded carrot and cucumber slices added elements of freshness and a scattering of fried shallots added a bit of crunch. Two fried spring rolls completed the dish.
Beef Stew Dry Noodle Bowl (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those that prefer a drier noodle dish, there is the Honey Soy Beef Dry Noodle Bowl. The honey soy beef was notable for being similar to a beef patty. It was juicy and had a delicious sweet-savoury flavour. There was enough shredded carrot to balance out the rich taste of the beef.
Honey Soy Beef Dry Noodle Bowl (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
If you are more in the mood for rice, there is also a selection of rice bowl dishes that can be ordered. The fried chicken in their Karaage Chicken Rice Bowl was cooked just right with the crisp coating setting off the flesh nicely. Topping the chicken was Tonkatsu sauce to give the dish its Japanese flair. If you prefer something spicy there is the Korean Fried Chicken Rice Bowl, which replaces the Tonkatsu sauce with a sauce that is typical of that of Spicy Korean Fried Chicken.
Korean Fried Chicken Rice Bowl (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Karaage Chicken Rice Bowl (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Aside from the Asian-inspired dishes, Astonish Patisserie has also introduced a few new dessert dishes as well. The chocolate cake in their Black Chestnut Cake had a rich chocolatey taste and the chestnut puree was not too sweet. The vanilla ice cream and freeze-dried raspberries did a good job of balancing out the rich taste of cake but we thought the profiteroles were a bit dry. Served with the cake is a syringe of chocolate sauce that can be squirted over the dish for an extra element of flavour.
Black Chestnut Cake (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those choosing to dine there during lunchtime, Astonish now has a lunch menu which includes some dishes that are only available during that time. Ramen is one of these dishes. The restaurant's close location to a tram stop makes it convenient for people in the CBD to visit it.